WALLINGFORD — Plans for a third Amazon facility in town, located on the site of the demolished Bristol-Myers Squibb complex, won the approval of the wetlands commission Wednesday evening.
The Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Commission continued a remote public hearing at its meeting Wednesday on a plan for redevelopment of 5 Research Parkway.
After three hours of discussion, the commission voted unanimously to approve the application to build a 219,000-square-foot delivery station building and 715-space parking lot for Amazon.
Calare Properties owns the 180 acre site, which contains 33 acres of wetlands. Montante Construction applied to redevelop the property.
Montante self-declared the project a significant impact application, which triggered the public hearing. The plan would create about 45.2 acres of impervious surface area, which refers to hard surfaces like pavement or roofs that water cannot penetrate.
The wetlands commission’s public hearing opened Nov. 10. At that meeting, the commission voted unanimously to hire a peer reviewer for the erosion control plan, as well as independent soil erosion and sedimentation control specialists.
Montante brought a team of engineers and soil scientists who had worked on the project to the remote meeting Wednesday.
From here, the plan goes before the Planning and Zoning Commission.
Amazon already operates a sortation center, another type of warehouse, nearby at 29 Research Parkway, while Amazon Logistics operates a warehouse and distribution center on South Cherry Street, providing "last mile" service to customers like the proposed delivery station.